Mary Nan Foster
On December 26, 2018, our Lord and Savior called home his faithful servant, Mary Nan Foster, born to Robert Thurman and Mavis Nell Foster on January 6, 1941. She lived in Forney most of her life, and, although a member of the other churches in her final years, she cherished her home church, First Baptist Forney.
Mary enjoyed history and could precisely recite the genealogies of her families: the McKellars, Harveys, Smiths, and Fosters. If questions arose, we knew we could count on Mary’s knowing. She was a member of the Republican Women’s Party, the Forney Heritage Society before it became the Forney Historic Preservation League, and was also a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution. Not only could Mary recite genealogy, she could also quote scripture! She loved her Lord, and her faith was very strong. Besides witnessing to her family and friends, she was blessed to travel on several mission trips to witness to others in many different countries. The witnessing never stopped. Even while hospitalized, she shared the gospel to the doctors, nurses, and any staff members who came into her room.
Mary was blessed to have a close relationship with her home healthcare staff—Nurses: Jennifer, Randy, and Brittney; Attendant: Tabitha; Occupational and Physical Therapists: Wendy and Cecilia; Aide: Jimmy and her Doctor – Dr. Woodward who also made home visit’s. They were all like “family” to her. She loved them dearly, and they shared the love of Jesus, just as she did.
Mary enjoyed reading, collecting antiques, playing games, baking, and visiting with family and friends. She especially enjoyed reminiscing with family about her travels to California, Rhode Island, Virginia, and the precious time spent with her loving son, Chip. Her favorite time, though, occurred when nieces and nephews spent days and nights with her! Mary was their “Mimmim,” and “Mimmim” took them fishing, shopping, skating, swimming, to church, and even to the rodeo!
Mary had two children, Laura Jeanette Withrow and Robert Dale “Chip” Withrow, Jr., both deceased. Others who preceded her in death were Parents, Thurman and Mavis Nell Foster; Brother and Sister-in-Law, David and Patsy Foster; Nephew-in-Law, Kelly Mc-Name, and many other family members. Those remaining to carry on her faithful journey are Niece—Janet McName; Nephew—Rusty Foster; Nephew—Kyle Foster and Wife Amanda Benat; Great Niece’s—Misty Foster Swindle, Jessica Graham and Jamie Benat; Great-Great Niece—Bailey Foster; Great-Great Nephews—Jacob and Joshua Swindle; Special Friend—Judson Swindle and Wife Katrina, and many, many cousins whom she cherished dearly.
On January 5, 2019, in the Chapel of First Baptist Church of Forney, a memorial service was held to celebrate Mary’s life and her entrance into Heaven. As stated in Matthew 25:23, “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou has been faithful over a few things: enter thou into the joy of the Lord.” (KJV)
Memorials may be made in Mary’s honor to the American Lung Association or the Forney Hillcrest Cemetery.